Friday, August 30, 2013
A Nation Of Squares
Last weekend former Disney child star Miley Cyrus upset countless people who don't matter with her scantily-clad dance performance during a duet with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The religious right reacted, as if the pert singer/dancer had shit in the Pope's mouth during a remake of THE ARISTOCRATS, and Sean Hannity of FoxNews was outraged without having seen the act. Finding the 'offensive' video was impossible, as inept talking heads of the various meaningless media sources dissected every nuance of Miley's butt twitching aka twerking. I thought that she was cute, but I'm not a square and her dancing wasn't close to horrible or obscene. That honor goes to Billy Squier's ROCK ME TONIGHT, which hit # 15 on the charts in 1984. Nothing rivals it. Check it out; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR0j7sModCI began with Cyrus performing "We Can't Stop" in bear-themed attire. Following this, Thicke entered the stage and Cyrus stripped down to a skin-colored two-piece outfit. Cyrus subsequently touched Thicke's crotch area with a giant foam finger and twerked against his crotch. An article published in The Hollywood Reporter described the performance as "crass" and "reminiscent of a bad acid trip". Media attention of the performance largely overshadowed the attention that was given to other major events of the night, such as the reunion of 'N Sync and performances by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Cyrus' performance was described by XXL critic B. J. Steiner as a "trainwreck in the classic sense of the word as the audience reaction seemed to be a mix of confusion, dismay and horror in a cocktail of embarrassment", while the BBC said she stole the show with a "raunchy performance". The performance also became the most tweeted about event in history, with Twitter users generating 360,000 tweets about the event per minute; breaking the previous record held by Beyonce's Super Bowl XLVII halftime show performance six months earlier. Following the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, news and social media sites featured numerous articles about parental concerns with the performance's impact on children.